Celebrated fashion designer Linda Jackson leads children on a creative journey to discovery opal and celebrate the NGV's stained glass window, alongside a decorative project for kids to add their artistic touch to a large-scale paper billabong in the NGV's International Grand Hall.
Children can also add to a spectacular bush canopy in the Great Hall by creating a paper possum with paper engineer Benja Harvey.
An after hours Art Party for Teens.
The first ever after-hours Art Party at NGV International for teens invites young creatives to express their artistic flair on Thursday 22 January. The NGV collaborates with young designers SIGNAL (themselves aged 13 - 25) to invite teens aged 13 – 17 to enjoy a Silent Disco, a jewellery design workshop with Kate Rohde, and after-hours access to the exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier.
At NGV Australia, at various days throughout the 10-day festival, children will be able to try their hands at a variety of art techniques.
Children can print a unique design onto fabric with Space Craft Studio, creative their own zine and handmade art books with Sticky Institute, or have a go at stamping, stencil making, as well as collagraphy and rubbings with Negative Press.
Kate Rohde will present a jewellery-making activity putting her own twist on the popular pasta necklace, inviting children to decorate with florescents and colour, and Melbourne textile artist Cat Rabbit will help children create a wearable creature brooch.
Children will also get the opportunity to mix audio and visual scenes on interactive iPad apps at Scream Kids, an installation by the Australian/European based new media collective Chicks on Speed.
Australia Day Fun
On Australia Day, Emily Floyd in collaboration with Mary Featherston will present a large-scale installation Word Farm at NGV Australia, using letter blocks to compose and build words.
Another special workshop will take place on Australia Day, run in conjunction with bloggers tiny & little and Meetoo to present a teddy bear dress-up day. Taking inspiration from Jean Paul Gaultier, who as a child used to dress his teddy bears in some of his designs, children can attend the NGV International with their favourite soft toy and style it with a paper mohawk or garland. Upon arrival, each visitor will receive a temporary tattoo, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier.
Live Australian native animals will make a rare appearance in Melbourne on Australia Day, in the NGV International Grand Hall, where children can draw outfits for their favourite Aussie animal.
Sophia Brous will give free performance, singing lullabies, and the two fashion designers behind Romance Was Born have selected two of their favourite kids movies that will be screened from 12:30pm - 2:10pm; Labyrinth, followed by The NeverEnding Story at 2:30 - 4:10pm.
If you are visiting any of the amazing projects presented by the NGV at this years Express Yourself! NGV Summer Children's Festival, don't forget the NGV International and NGV Australia are two separate venues. The NGV International is located at 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006, whereas the NGV Australia - Ian Potter Centre, is positioned at The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne.